The Woody Hayes episode of Big Ten Icons, presented by Discover, debuts at 11 p.m. ET Friday after the Ohio State-Jackson State basketball game. The series is hosted by Hall of Fame sports broadcaster Keith Jackson. The show includes new one-on-one interviews with Archie Griffin, Lou Holtz, Tim May, Jack Park, Jeff Logan, John Bacon, Dave Foley, Gary Moeller, Dave Adolph, Harold “Champ” Henson, Bill Myles, Jim Stillwagon and others.
In the episode, Griffin says, “He is a great football coach, but he is an even better person than he is a coach. I mean, that’s Woody in a nutshell.”
Myles says, “He was tough as any coach on players, and he was as nice as any coach to his players, away from the field.”
Hayes spent 28 seasons as the head football coach at Ohio State, where he helped guide the Buckeyes to 13 conference championships and national titles in 1954, 1957 and 1968. His overall record at Ohio State was an astounding 205–61–10. Hayes was a three-time recipient of the College Football Coach of the Year Award.